Principal Investigator

管晓飞 Xiaofei Guan (ORCID: 0000-0002-7100-2949)


Assistant Professor

School of Physical Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University

Address:393 Huaxia Middle Road, SPST 5-403.I, Shanghai, China 201210

Assistant Professor, ShanghaiTech University, 2017.11-Present 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 2014.09-2017.09

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Boston University, 2013.09-2014.09

Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Boston University, 2010.09-2013.09

Graduate Student in Physics, The University of Arizona, 2009.08-2010.08

B.S. in Applied Physics, Nankai University, 2005.09-2009.06

Honors and Awards:

Young Leaders Professional Development Award, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), 2015.

Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award in Materials Science and Engineering, Boston University, 2014.


Our modern society is faced with challenges in energy, environment, and resources. The chemical industry for hydrogen production, for example, is highly energy intensive and also emits a large amount of greenhouse gases. There is an urgent need of technological transformations in the chemical industries for building a sustainable energy future. At ShanghaiTech, our research group is exploring unconventional electrochemical materials and sustainable processes to enable energy, environmental and electronic technologies. Our current projects include:

1. Catalytic synthesis of fuels: designing, preparing and characterizing catalysts & reactors for producing fuels.

2. Critical metals extraction and recycling: developing environmentally friendly electrochemical processes for materials extraction and recycling. 

3. Carbon capture: design and investigate new methods for capturing carbon dioxide from air or flue gas.

4. Complex oxides for energy and electronic applications: materials synthesis, control and characterization of electronic and ionic properties, and nanofabrication of field-effect devices. 



(1) 催化合成燃料:制备和表征新型催化材料,设计和搭建催化反应器。

(2) 关键金属元素的提取和回收:开发节能并且对环境友好的新型电化学工艺。

(3) 碳捕集:设计和研究直接从空气或从工业废气中捕集二氧化碳的新方法。

(4) 复杂氧化物在能源和电子器件中的应用:加工和表征纳米薄膜器件,并且调控材料的电学性质。

目前,课题组诚聘 "熔盐", "功能氧化物材料" 或 "碳一催化" 方向的博士后,有意者请直接邮件联系。 


Papers: (# co-first authors; * corresponding author)

1. C. Zhou#, J. Ni#, H. Chen#, and X. Guan*, Direct Air Capture with Calcium-Based Loop, submitted, (2021).

2. J. Ni, J. Zhou, J. Bing, and X. Guan*, Recycling the Cathode Materials of Spent Lithium-ion Batteries, submitted, (2021).

3. Z. Tang and X. Guan*, "Lithium Extraction from Molten LiOH by Using a Liquid Tin Cathode", Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, 7, 203-214, (2021).

4. Q. Yang#, C. Zhou#, J. Ni, and X. Guan*, "Methane Dry Reforming in a Coking- and Sintering-Free Liquid Alloy-Salt Catalytic System", Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 4, 2768-2774, (2020). (Selected as part of the themed collection: 2020 Sustainable Energy and Fuels HOT Articles)

5. C. Fleuriault*, X. Guan, and J. Grogan, "Extraction and Recycling of Battery Materials", JOM, 71, 4445-4446, (2019). 


1. 基于液态合金催化合成氨的方法,专利申请号:202011192018.8, (2020).

2. 一种常压下催化合成氨的方法,专利申请号: 202011196497.0, (2020).

3. 一种回收利用废旧锂电池正极材料中金属元素的方法,专利申请号: 202011044244.1, (2020).

4. 一种用于甲烷干重整反应的反应体系,专利申请号:202010760417.3, (2020).

5. 一种催化剂及其制备方法与应用, 专利申请号:201911377049.8, (2019).

Work before joining ShanghaiTech:

1. X. Guan, B.C. Enalls, D.R. Clarke, and P. Girguis, "Iron Sulfide Formation on Iron Substrates by Electrochemical Reaction in Anoxic Conditions", Crystal Growth & Design, 17, 6332-6340, (2017).

2. X. Guan, J. Jiang, J. Lattimer, M. Tsuchiya, C. Friend, and S. Ramanathan, "Hydride-Based Solid Oxide Fuel Cell-Battery Hybrid Electrochemical System", Energy Technology, 5, 616-622, (2017).

3. S. Lee and X. Guan, "Cerium Silicate-Based Thin Film Apatites: High Conductivity and Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Application", MRS Communications, 7, 199-205, (2017).

4. S. Su, U. Pal, and X. Guan, "Solid Oxide Membrane Electrolysis Process for Aluminum Production: Experiment and Modeling", Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 164, F248-255 (2017).

5. Z. Zhang, F. Zuo, C. Wan, A. Datta, J. Kim, J. Rensberg, R. Nawrodt, H.H. Park, T. Larrabee, X. Guan, Y. Zhou, S.M. Prokes, C. Ronning, V.M. Shalaev, A. Boltasseva, M.A. Kats, and S. Ramanathan, "Evolution of Metallicity in Vanadium Dioxide by Creation of Oxygen Vacancies", Physical Review Applied, 7, 034008 (2017).

6. M. Zhang, X. Guan, and J. Howarter, "Recent Developments in Deriving Values from Resource Recovery at Multiple Scales", JOM, 69, 1537-1538 (2017).

7. J. Jiang, X. Guan, J. Lattimer, C. Friend, A. Verma, M. Tsuchiya, and S. Ramanathan, "Experimental Investigation into Tungsten Carbide Thin Films as Solid Oxide Fuel Cells", Journal of Materials Research, 31, 3050-3059 (2016).

8. Y. Zhou, X. Guan, H. Zhou, K. Ramadoss, S. Adam, H. Liu, S. Lee, J. Shi, M. Tsuchiya, D.D. Fong, and S. Ramanathan, "Strongly Correlated Perovskite Fuel Cells", Nature, 534, 231-234 (2016).

9. X. Guan, U.B. Pal, Y. Jiang, and S. Su, "Clean Metals Production by Solid Oxide Membrane Electrolysis Process", Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, 2 (2), 152-166 (2016). (Feathered as Cover Article)

10. S. Lee, X. Guan, and S. Ramanathan, "Thin Film Oxy-Apatite Anodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells", Journal of Electrochemical Society, 163 (7), F719-727 (2016).

11. X. Guan, U.B. Pal, "Design of Optimum Solid Oxide Membrane Electrolysis Cells for Metals Production", Progress in Natural Science: Materials International, 25 (6), 591-594 (2015).

12. X. Guan, S. Su, U.B. Pal, and A.C. Powell, "Periodic Shorting of SOM Cell to Remove Soluble Magnesium in Flux and Improve Faradaic Efficiency", Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, 45 (6), 2138-2144 (2014).

13. X. Guan, U.B. Pal, and A.C. Powell, "Environmentally Friendly Solid Oxide Membrane Electrolysis Process for Magnesium Oxide Reduction: Experiment and Modeling", Metallurgical and Materials Transactions E, 1 (2), 132-144 (2014).

14. E.S. Gratz, X. Guan, J. Milshtein, U.B. Pal, and A.C. Powell, "Mitigating the Electronic Current in Solid Oxide Membrane Electrolysis for Magnesium Production", Metallurgical and Materials Transaction B, 45 (4), 1325-1336 (2014).

15. Y. Jiang, J. Xu, X. Guan, U.B. Pal and S.N. Basu (2013), "Production of Silicon by Solid Oxide Membrane-Based Electrolysis Process", MRS Proceedings, 1493, 231-235 (2013).

16. X. Guan, U.B. Pal, S. Gopalan, and A.C. Powell, "LSM (La0.8Sr0.2MnO3-δ)–Inconel Inert Anode Current Collector for Solid Oxide Membrane Electrolysis", Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 160 (11), F1179-F1186 (2013).

17. X. Guan, U.B. Pal and A.C. Powell, "An Environmentally Friendly Process Involving Refining and Membrane Based Electrolysis for Magnesium Recovery from Partially Oxidized Scrap Alloy", JOM, 65 (10), 1285-1292 (2013).

18. X. Guan, U.B. Pal, P.A. Zink and A.C. Powell, "Recycling of Magnesium Alloy Employing Refining and Solid-Oxide-Membrane (SOM) Electrolysis", Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, 44 (2), 261-271 (2013).

Group Members

   Graduate Students: Yang, Qinghai | Wang, Xingyuan | Tang, Zujian | Tang, Qijuan | Ni, Jihong | Zhou, Jiayin | Meng, Xian.

   Undergraduate Students: Zhou, Congquan | Shi, Yue | Chen, Huiqi | Bing, Jinhong.

   (Group photo taken on 2021/01/18. From left to right: Congquan, Zujian, Jihong, Jinhong, Yue, Huiqi, Qijuan, Jiayin, Xian, Qinghai, Xingyuan and Xiaofei.)


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